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Best Unlocked Android Phones – August 2013


If you’re looking for the best unlocked Android phones, regardless of the price, that are fast, high quality, and will hold over for a long time, then there are no better Android phones than the following 3 devices.

Google Nexus 4


The first one and the most obvious choice is the Google Nexus 4. As a “Nexus” you always get updates directly from Google, and Nexus devices typically get updates in the same day the new Android version comes out, or within days of that. So if you’re an Android users that needs or wants the latest update as soon as possible, this is the best way to go. The fact that it’s also a little more than half the price of other flagships, with almost the same specs, makes it a very nice deal, too. Also here’s what you get in terms of specs for the Nexus 4:

  • CPU: quad core 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm S4 Pro
  • GPU: Adreno 320
  • Display: 4.7″ True HD IPS Plus LCD, 1280×720 resolution
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage:  8 GB
  • Camera: 8 MP, 1080p@30fps
  • Front-camera: 1.3 MP front-camera
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC
  • OS: Android 4.3 (stock)



The HTC One has been one of the most popular smartphones this year, mainly because of the high quality and premium feel and look of the device. HTC bet big on an aluminum body shell, and they won big, too, although it remains to be seen if that will turn the company around. But as far as the device goes, it’s pretty great. It also comes with a very nice low-light camera, although the detail and resolution are quite small (4MP). If HTC would’ve used a 2x bigger sensor, they could’ve at least kept the resolution at 8 MP, while getting just as much low-light performance.

  • CPU: quad core 1.7 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
  • GPU: Adreno 320
  • Display: Super LCD3, 1920×1080 resolution
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage:  32 GB
  • Camera: 4 MP back, 1080p@30fps, HDR, Optical Image Stabilization
  • Front-camera: 2.1 MP front-camera
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
  • OS: Android 4.2.2+Sense 5.0

Samsung Galaxy S4


The Samsung Galaxy S4 is this year’s flagship for Samsung, and as usual, it’s one of the most powerful phones around that’s both spec-packed and feature-packed. Some, or many, of the features you may not like or need, but they are there. This phone has the best camera in terms of quality, of the 3, although in low-light it’s weaker than the HTC One. It also has some other impressive specs:

  • CPU: quad core 1.9 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (US)/Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5410 (International)
  • GPU: Adreno 320
  • Display: Super AMOLED, 1920×1080 resolution
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage:  16 GB, microSD (up to 64 GB)
  • Camera: 13 MP, 1080p@30fps, image stabilization, HDR
  • Front-camera: 2.1 MP front-camera
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi Direct.
  • OS: Android 4.2.2+Nature UX 2.0

These are the top 3 and best unlocked Android phones available on the market right now, and each one of them has its own advantages, and it depends on whether you like a cheaper price and stock Android, or more specs and features but for a higher price.

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